According to Computerworld‘s Forecast 2017 survey, IT leaders are “under pressure” to create next-generation technology foundations “sturdy enough” to drive digital transformation into 2017.

In its review of the survey, CIO.com lists five technologies IT will “double-down” on this year:

1. Security

Nearly half of the IT professionals polled said they plan to increase spend on security technology in 2017.  As IT teams roll out new projects this year, 19% of the respondents said their primary goal for their most important project is “to meet security, privacy or compliance goals.”

2. Analytics

Data is viewed “as a springboard for success…as companies double down on their efforts to get closer to customers.”  Nearly 40% of respondents plan to increase budget for analytics this year.

3. XaaS

Numerous “as a service” trends saw traction in the 2017 survey, with respondents planning to increase spending on:

  • Software-as-a-service (SaaS) – 33% of respondents,
  • Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) technologies – 24% of respondents,
  • and Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – 27% of respondents.

About a third of respondents cited cloud and SaaS as a “disruptive technology” that is set to have “the most impact on their business over the next three to five years.”

4. Mobile apps

IT teams are spending to ensure existing applications are “mobile-friendly” and to create new mobile applications.  In ComputerWorld’s survey, 35% of respondents plan to increase spend on mobile this year.

5. Virtualization

According to CIO.com,  IT teams “are virtualizing more than just desktop systems these days and are beginning to expand their efforts to areas like servers, networks, storage and even mobile infrastructure.”  Nearly 30% of those surveyed are planning a virtualization project in 2017.

CIO.com’s review of the survey can be found here.

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